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10 Steps to Start Your Business

the US Small Business Administration has 10 steps to guide you through the process

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Click on the website link and scroll down to learn about each step.

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3 Tools You’ll Need In Your Pocket

Learn about negotiation, understanding other people's perspectives, and developing resilience

Join Defy Colorado mentor and Founders Circle member Jason as he discusses three critical tools for human interaction with the Defy crew and several Defy graduates. Jason admits he's still screwing them up, so that's why it's really important to know these three things: how to negotiate, how to understand other people's incentives, and how to be resilient. These three skills will make for more effective outcomes in all relationships, personal and professional.

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A Personalized Startup Experience

great resource from the Colorado Office of Economic Opportunity and International Trade

Click on the website link to get started on your startup plan. The first step is their Small Business Resource Guide, an A-Z tutorial on how to start, grow or move a business to Colorado. You'll also be linked to the Small Business Navigator, which will walk you through the perplexing world of licenses, permits and other pertinent information to start or move your business to Colorado. Finally, they'll link you to the Nationally Accredited Colorado Small Business Development Center (COSBDC) Network. The COSBDC provides a variety of assistance to include free, confidential consulting to small business owners, as well as training programs at little or no cost at locations throughout the state. This resource is all about delivering personalized guidance to help you reach your goals, which is invaluable.

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Activate Workforce Solutions

1580 Logan Street, Suite 740, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

Activate Workforce Solutions provides free help for adult men and women looking to get into a fulltime career path job. They partner with many types of employers, from health care to manufacturing to apprenticeships. It's a great organization to get the coaching you need to become the best employee you can be. The first step is to contact Activate for a 10-15 minutes pre-screen by phone. They also require six months of sobriety and recent consistent work experience.

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Activate Workforce Solutions

1580 Logan Street, Suite 740, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

Activate Workforce Solutions provides free help for adult men and women looking to get into a fulltime career path job. They partner with many types of employers, from health care to manufacturing to apprenticeships. It's a great organization to get the coaching you need to become the best employee you can be. The first step is to contact Activate for a 10-15 minutes pre-screen by phone. They also require six months of sobriety and recent consistent work experience.

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Alamosa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

305 Murphy Dr Unit B, Alamosa CO 81101

Southwest

Alamosa

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Divison of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call for an intake appointment.

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Alamosa Workforce Center

407 State Ave Suite C, Alamosa CO 81101

Southwest

Alamosa

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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An Entrepreneur’s Journey–Tom’s Story

Learn how to start your startup!

Defy Colorado mentor, board member, and all around great guy, Tom Wyman gives a peek behind the curtain of the life of an entrepreneur. Topics include: the experience of founding SketchUp, the selling of SketchUp to Google, learning to ask for help, imposter syndrome, and more.

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Aurora Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

12510 E Iliff Ave. Suite 303, Aurora CO 80014

Denver Metro

Aurora

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Divison of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call for an intake appointment.

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Aurora–Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

15400 E. 14th Place, Lower Level, Aurora CO 80011

Denver Metro

Aurora

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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AuroraWorks

10139 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

AuroraWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Leadership in Customer Service

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AuroraWorks

10139 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Through CommunityWorks, AuroraWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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Bayaud Enterprises

333 West Bayaud Avenue, Denver CO 80223

Denver Metro

Denver

Bayaud Enterprises helps people seeking employment, struggling with homelessness, and people with disabilities. They have a Career Center that helps with computer skills, job search and placement help, opportunities for short-term employment, and more. When you call, you'll be set up with an intake appointment to talk about the programs and services they provide.

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Black Hawk–Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center

2960 Dory Hill Rd. Suite 100, Black Hawk CO 80403

Denver Metro

Black Hawk

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Boulder–Workforce Boulder County

5755 Central Ave., Boulder CO 80301

Denver Metro

Boulder

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Broomfield Workforce Center

100 Spader Way, Broomfield CO 80020

Denver Metro

Broomfield

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Building a Pitch Deck

Learn how to make an online presentation about your business (pitch deck)

Defy Colorado mentor and co-founder Jason demonstrates the value of an accurate, attractive, and convincing pitch deck. Topics include: a pitch deck that needs no explanation, the value of eye candy, demonstrating your magic and more.

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Burlington Workforce Center

1457 Martin Ave., Burlington CO 80807

Northeast

Burlington

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Calhan–Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Calhan Community Outreach Center Office, 328 10th Street, Calhan CO 80808

Southeast

Calhan

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Cañon City Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

3224 Independence Rd, Cañon City CO 81212

Southwest

Cañon City

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Divison of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call for an intake appointment.

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Cañon City Workforce Center

3224 Independence Road, Cañon City CO 81212

Southwest

Cañon City

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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CastleRockWorks

1638 Park Street, Castle Rock CO 80109

Southeast

Castle Rock

Through CommunityWorks, CastleRockWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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CDOC Denver Community Re-entry Center

940 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

The Colorado Department of Corrections has a Community Re-entry Center that provides help preparing for and finding a job. The Center is for people on parole only. Ask your parole officer or the Community Reentry Specialist for a referral to the Employment and Training Navigator with the Center. This person can connect you to jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

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Centennial–Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

6974 South Lima Street, Centennial CO 80112

Denver Metro

Centennial

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Center for Employment Opportunities

3532 Franklin Street, Suite S, Denver, CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Employment Opportunities

888 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 110, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Employment Opportunities

888 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 110, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Employment Opportunities

3532 Franklin Street, Suite S, Denver, CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE)

1175 Osage Street, Suite 300, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

CWEE provides an integrated education and employment program for the busy adult. CWEE’s program includes comprehensive services to help people gain and sustain quality employment long-term. CWEE’s instructors focus on retaining participants and advancing them from one phase to the next. At CWEE you will be assigned to a designated team of professionals who will help you access resources, training and career exploration opportunities and skills to be competitive in today’s job market. CWEE’s classes are available 24/7 and include 1:1 career coaching. If needed, access to technology is provided. CWEE’s program is self-paced and people complete between 6-12 weeks. CWEE works with more than 150 employers and our network becomes your network. Interested in learning more, visit our website (www.cwee.org) or call us at 303.892.8444.

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Colorado Apprenticeship Directory

Statewide

Start here to find information about every apprenticeship training opportunity registered with Colorado. This directory is huge, so you can start by sorting it by occupation name, county, or industry (the three boxes at the top of the list). This will help you to look at what's available in your county, or by the name of the occupation, and so forth. The program name is the sponsor for the training. Click on the website listed to learn more. A sponsor can be a company, and it could also be a community college. If you find it confusing to figure out apprenticeship training for the career you want, go to your local Workforce Center. There are 54 in Colorado, and they're listed in the Jobs section on Remerg.com. Folks at the Workforce Centers are great sources of information about apprenticeships. Their help is free.

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Colorado Homebuilding Academy (pre-apprenticeship)

445 W. 53rd Place, Denver CO 80216

Denver Metro

Denver

Colorado Homebuilding Academy provides construction skills boot camps that you can complete in one month (four days a week) or in two months (two nights a week). The training is free if you are committeed to getting a career in construction. Most of the training is hands-on in the learning lab, and they provide connections to a career in the construction field after you finish the boot camp. CHA also has a two-week concrete training boot camp, AND a one-year construction management course where you can earn credits from Community College of Aurora. Click on the Get Started button on their website to learn about information sessions. You can also sign up for their reminders about classes. COVID-19 UPDATE: Services are by phone with no walk-ins. Virtual classes are held on Tuesdays.

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Colorado Springs–Pikes Peak Workforce Center

1049 North Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs CO 80909

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Location open at this time for onsite services

Southeast

Colorado Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space. This is the only Pike Peak Workforce Center location open at this time for onsite services. You must register online for an appointment, or you can call the customer service number below for help.

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Colorado Springs–Pikes Peak Workforce Center (main office)

1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Colorado Springs–Pikes Peak Workforce Center (office at Sand Creek Library)

Sand Creek Library, 1821 South Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs CO 80916

Southwest

Colorado Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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ColoradoSpringsWorks

3750 Astrozon Blvd, Suite 120, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

ColoradoSpringsWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Tattoo Apprenticeship • Tree Removal Apprenticeship • Restaurant Apprenticeship

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ColoradoSpringsWorks

3750 Astrozon Blvd, Suite 120, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Through CommunityWorks, ColoradoSpringsWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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Connecting Colorado

Statewide

Connecting Colorado is a free website run by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment that lists jobs. You can register with them and upload your resume. You can also click on the button that says "Why Register With Us" and do a quick job search by type of job and city. Pikes Peak Workforce Center made a video that explains how to use Connecting Colorado.

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Construction Careers Now (pre-apprenticeship)

Central 70 Career Training & Resource Center, 3600 East 46th Avenue, Denver CO 80216

Denver Metro

Denver

Construction Careers Now is a no-cost 4 week pre-apprenticeship program offering OSHA 10 training and hands-on training in a variety of skilled trades and career paths. No experience is necessary and classes are offered monthly and run for four weeks, Mon-Thurs, 5-8pm and each cohort ends with a large scale hiring fair. The last class offered in 2019 starts on October 14th. New classes start in January at a new location. Call or click on the website to enroll and learn more.

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Cortez Workforce Center

2208 E. Main Street, Cortez CO 81321

Southwest

Cortez

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Craig Workforce Center

480 Barclay, Craig CO 81625

Northwest

Craig

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Cripple Creek–Pikes Peak Workforce Center

166 E. Bennett Avenue, Aspen Mine Center, Cripple Creek CO 80813

Southeast

Cripple Creek

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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CrossPurpose

3050 Richard Allen Court, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CrossPurpose provides a free six-month course to help you design and advance in a career. You'll have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized credential in the medical field (medical assisting, medical admin, CNA, medical billing and coding), IT, finance, or construction and the trades. You'll also learn about interviews, writing resumes, developing professional skills, and more. Call to get started, or you can now apply online using their website!

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Culinary Quick Start (pre-apprenticeship)

1860 Lincoln Street, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

Emily Griffith's Culinary Quick Start program is located at Emily Griffith Technical College's main campus in Denver. They provide a free online three-week culinary training program that includes a hiring fair and connections to hundreds of employers. No experience is needed to get started. See website for more information, including the training schedule and online application. You can also earn a SERVSAFE certification during the training.

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Delta Workforce Center

206 Ute Street, Delta CO 81416

Southwest

Delta

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Denver Workforce Center at DIA

8500 Pena Blvd, Denver CO 80249

Denver Metro

Denver

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Denver Workforce Center at Montbello

4685 Peoria Street Suite 241, Denver CO 80239

Denver Metro

Denver

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Denver Workforce Center at Westside

1200 Federal Blvd., Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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DenverWorks

929 29th Street, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

DenverWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Leadership in Customer Service

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DenverWorks

929 29th Street, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Through CommunityWorks, DenverWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

varies by location-see website link

Statewide

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation could be an option for you with your job search. They help job seekers with a disability prepare for and maintain employment and can provide a number of different services to help you connect with an employment goal. In order to qualify for their services, you need to have a physical, mental, or learning disability that's been documented, the disability creates problems for you with getting or keeping a job, and you're going to be able to work successfully after you receive their help. Click on the website for a list of all of the DVR offices--there are 26 across Colorado! Then contact the DVR closest to where you live and call to make an appointment.

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Dress for Success–Denver

2425 S Colorado Blvd, #200 Denver CO 80222

Denver Metro

Denver

From head to toe, Dress for Success can outfit you to look your best! Dress for Success--Denver provides professional clothing at no cost to women who are seeking economic independence. If you need clothing for a job interview, you'll need to be referred by a parole officer, re-entry specialist, probation officer, or community organization (see Community Organizations in the Jobs section for a long list). If you already have a job and need clothing, you may call the office directly to arrange a time to come in. This is also a great opportunity for people who self-identify as female (including those who still display as masculine) to get help with professional clothing.

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Durango Workforce Center

331 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite C, Durango CO 81303

Southwest

Durango

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Edwards Workforce Center

69 Edwards Access Road, #11B, Edwards CO 81632

Northwest

Edwards

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Effective Communication

If you're asking people for something, you need to know how

What is effective communication? Mary, who's one of Defy's mentors, explains what effective communication is and how to improve your ability to talk to other people. These tips are helpful for entrepreneurs preparing for pitch competition as well as in everyday life.

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Email Etiquette & Marketing

Learn to write emails that successfully introduce your business--and much more!

Learn from a pro! Email marketing extraordinaire Katie gives several lessons in email structure and etiquette. Topics include: understanding your recipient, composing winning subject lines, landing interviews through email, authoring time saving templates, and more.

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Emily Griffith Technical College

Statewide

Emily Griffith Technical College provides the classes and credits you need for apprenticeship training. They partner with organizations throughout Colorado. Not all apprenticeship opportunities are the same though. it's recommended that you call everyone providing an apprenticeship in your area of interest to find out more. Ask about the time commitment. Ask whether they cover the costs. Click on the website link for the most recent flyer from Emily Griffith. There are options all over the state!

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Empowerment Program

1600 York St, Denver CO 80206

Denver Metro

Denver

Empowerment Program provides education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Call to make an appointment for their orientation which is held every Wednesday at 1:30pm. All services are free. LGBTQ friendly. Safety, support, trauma-informed help, relapse prevention, peer educators: they're all at Empowerment. EP is also a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services for women coming out of prison.

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Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) Job Center

3721 Evergreen Parkway, Suite 6, Evergreen CO 80439

Denver Metro

Evergreen

Evergreen Christian Outreach, known as EChO, provides basic services to help people become self-sufficient. Their job center provides employment connections and referrals, job training, and more. The area served includes Evergreen, Kittredge, Idledale, Lookout Mountain, Genessee, Indian Hills, Morrison foothills, and 285 west of C-470 up to and including Conifer. Located inside the Resale Shop at the Evergreen North Shopping Center, upstairs in suite 6. They also have a community organization that helps with food and other needs at 27640 Highway 74 in Evergreen. See Community Agencies under Essentials on Remerg.com for the listing.

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Fort Collins–Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development

200 W. Oak Street, Suite 5000, Fort Collins CO 80522

Northeast

Fort Collins

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Fort Lupton–Employment Services of Weld County

2950 9th Street, Fort Lupton CO 80621

Northeast

Fort Lupton

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Fort Morgan Workforce Center

426 Ensign Street, Fort Morgan CO 80701

Northeast

Fort Morgan

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Fountain–Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Peak Vista Health Center, 350 Lyckman Drive, Fountain CO 80817

Southeast

Fountain

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Frisco Workforce Center

602 Galena Street, Frisco CO 80443

Northwest

Frisco

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Glenwood Springs Workforce Center

401 23rd Street, Suite 300, Glenwood Springs CO 8160

Northwest

Glenwood Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Golden–Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center

Laramie Building, 3500 Illinois Street, Golden CO 80401

Denver Metro

Golden

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Grand Junction–Mesa County Workforce Center

512 29 1/2 Road, Grand Junction CO 81504

Northwest

Grand Junction

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Greeley–Employment Services of Weld County

315 North 11th Avenue, Building B, Greeley CO 80631

Northeast

Greeley

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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GRID Alternatives Colorado (pre-apprenticeship)

4845 Oakland Street, Denver CO 80239

Denver Metro

Denver

Interested in a solar energy career? Call GRID Alternatives! They provide a 5-week Installation Basics Training (IBT200) with a stipend upon completion. Register online. Call or email to get started. Click on the video to learn about solar training. Click on the pdf link to learn about the great opportunity GRID provides. Even though this class is getting started August 17th, their flyer explains it all.

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Gunnison Workforce Center

109 E. Georgia, Gunnison CO 81230

Southwest

Gunnison

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Hope House of Sterling

212 N. 3rd Street, Sterling CO 80751

Northeast

Sterling

Hope House of Sterling provides a safe and healthy haven for men, women, and families in northeast Colorado. Their Division Campus is for women and families and fully furnished. Their 3rd Street Campus is for single men and provides shared bedrooms with a shared kitchen and dining area. They are a WAGEES community partner and work with people coming out of DOC as well as with people on probation (and other situations on a case-by-case basis). Services include case management, connections to resources, classes, group therapy, faith-based services, life skills, and much more. You will need to fill out an application to be accepted. Call to learn more and to ask for an application.

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How to Raise Money

Don't give away your business in order to raise what you need to start your business

In this 16-minute video, Defy Colorado mentor and co-founder Jason introduces the concept of fundraising for your start-up. Topics include: investor types, acquiring capital without giving up control, defining profitability, and more.

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How to Set Up Your Business

Learn the difference between an LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, and more

Defy Colorado mentor and co-founder Jason covers the dos & don'ts of incorporating your start-up. Topics include: not becoming a risky sole-proprietor through inaction, differences between LLCs, S Corps, and C Corps, and why filing as an LLC is generally the best option for most small start-ups.

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Idaho Springs–Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center

1531 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs CO 80452

Denver Metro

Idaho Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Kiowa–Elbert County Workforce Center

75 Ute Ave., Kiowa CO 80117

Northeast

Kiowa

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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KOBEYO App

Denver Metro

KOBEYO App lets you pick the schedule and wage you need, then sends you job matches for full- and part-time jobs in restaurants, cafes, retirement homes, hospitals, and more. Click on the website to learn more and get links for the free app on Android and Apple phones.

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La Junta Workforce Center

308 Santa Fe Ave., La Junta CO 81050

Southeast

La Junta

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Lamar Workforce Center

405 East Olive St., Lamar CO 81052

Southeast

Lamar

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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LeaderQuest–Colorado Springs (IT training)

7222 Commerce Center Drive, #235, Colorado Springs CO 80919

Southeast

Colorado Springs

LeaderQuest provides 5 to 10 day courses and 3 to 6 week programs that combine traditional instruction and hands-on labs to prepare you for IT certification exams. All courses are taught by a live instructor and LeaderQuest covers the cost of one certification attempt per class. When your training is complete, their Career Services team will help you get hired.

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LeaderQuest–Denver (IT training)

6855 South Havana Street, Suite 230, Englewood CO 80112

Denver Metro

Denver

LeaderQuest provides 5 to 10 day courses and 3 to 6 week programs that combine traditional instruction and hands-on labs to prepare you for IT certification exams. All courses are taught by a live instructor and LeaderQuest covers the cost of one certification attempt per class. When your training is complete, their Career Services team will help you get hired. The classes aren't free, but Workforce Centers and VA programs can sometimes help with the cost. Call for more information.

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Leadville Workforce Center

901 S. Highway 24, Room 219, Leadville CO 80461

Northwest

Leadville

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Life-Line

1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Life-Line works with people of all ages who struggle with substance abuse and/or are transitioning out of gangs or incarceration. They provide counseling, mentoring, case management, pro-social activities, life skills, resource connections, career exploration and job readiness training. Life-Line is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry help for people coming out of prison. They specialize in programs that support fatherhood, gang disengagement, substance abuse, and aggression replacement.

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Limon Workforce Center

285 D Avenue, Limon CO 80828

Southeast

Limon

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Loaves & Fishes Ministry

241 Justice Center Road, Canon City CO 81212

Southeast

Canon City

Loaves & Fishes Ministry in Fremont County provides a food pantry, clothing bank, emergency shelter, housing assistance, transportation, connections to medical and mental health care, and financial assistance. Loaves & Fishes is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides re-entry services for people leaving prison in Colorado. This includes help with employment.

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Longmont–Workforce Boulder County

515 Coffman Street, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Loveland–Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development

200 Peridot Avenue, #100, Loveland CO 80537

Northeast

Loveland

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Meeker Workforce Center

345 Market Street, Meeker CO 81641

Northwest

Meeker

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Mi Casa Resource Center

345 S Grove Street, Denver CO 80219

Denver Metro

Denver

Mi Casa Resource Center believes in the potential of all people to achieve their educational, professional, and entrepreneurial goals. Mi Casa works with the Latino community, working families, and immigrants. They provide workplace skills training (including resume, cover letter, references,) financial literacy courses, legal clinic, mental health counseling, tax preparation, and education programs. Mi Casa also supports entrepreneurs, helping them explore, launch, and grow their business through bilingual consulting, in-depth training, and a variety of business-related workshops and resources.

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Mile High Workshop (pre-apprenticeship)

13280 E. Mississippi Ave., Aurora CO 80012

Denver Metro

Aurora

Mile High WorkShop offers transitional employment and training opportunities for people experiencing barriers to employment due to criminal backgrounds, incarceration and/or recovery from homelessness and addiction. They provide paid training, support, counseling, and referrals to resources, and help transitioning to your next job. They hold a hiring event every other Wednesday from 9-11am at the workshop. You can submit a form of interest online, but the best route is to come to the hiring event.

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Monte Vista Workforce Center

2079 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista CO 81144

Southwest

Monte Vista

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Montrose Workforce Center

504 North 1st St., Montrose CO 81401

Southwest

Montrose

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Mountain Temp Services

409 ABC, Suite A, Aspen, CO 81611

Northwest

Aspen

Mountain Temp Services, Aspen office, has positions in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, office and administrative work, light industry (mechanics, warehousing, etc.), skilled and unskilled labor, maintenance, and experienced tradesmen (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.). Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services

981 Cowen Drive, Suite E, Carbondale CO 81623

Northwest

Carbondale

Mountain Temp Services, Carbondale has positions in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, landscaping, office and administrative work, maintenance, ranching and light industry. They offer positions in skilled and unskilled labor, property maintenance, tradesmen (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.), housekeeping, laundry, and secretarial. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services

1423 Airport Road, Unit 6, Rifle CO 81650

Northwest

Rifle

Mountain Temp Services provides the Rifle community with employment opportunities in construction, landscaping, administrative services and the oil and gas industry. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services

1815 Central Park Plaza, Unit #101B, Steamboat Springs CO 80478

Northwest

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Temp Services’ Steamboat Springs office has positions in the Steamboat Springs area in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, office and administrative work, light industry, maintenance, excavating, and landscaping. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services

41184 Hwy 6 & 24, Suite #150, Eagle Vail, CO 81620

Northwest

Vail

Mountain Temp Services’ Vail office has positions in the Vail and Eagle Valley area in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, office and administrative work, light industry, maintenance, excavating, and landscaping. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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MTS Mobile Staffing

1567 South Colorado Blvd, Denver CO 80222

Denver Metro

Denver

MTS Mobile Staffing Denver has positions for highly motivated, reliable and honest employees in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, landscaping, office and administrative work, light industry (mechanics, warehousing, etc.), skilled and unskilled labor, maintenance, and trades (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.). Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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MTS Mobile Staffing

4619 S Mason Street, Unit C5, Fort Collins CO 80525

Northeast

Fort Collins

MTS Mobile Staffing Fort Collins has positions for highly motivated, reliable and honest employees in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, landscaping, office and administrative work, light industry (mechanics, warehousing, etc.), skilled and unskilled labor, maintenance, and trades (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.). Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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MTS Mobile Staffing

1716 N. Main Street, Suite C, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

MTS Mobile Staffing Longmont has positions in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, landscaping, office and administrative work, light industry (mechanics, warehousing, etc.), skilled and unskilled labor, maintenance, and trades (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.). Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Perseverance Staffing

5303 E Evans Ave #104, Denver CO 80222

Denver Metro

Denver

Perseverance Staffing has a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis. Call or email them via their website.

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Pueblo Workforce Center

212 W 3rd Street, Pueblo CO 81003

Southeast

Pueblo

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 847

5575 Tejon Street, Denver CO 80221

Denver Metro

Denver

If you want to be an iron worker, contact the Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 847 office. The phone number is for business agent Dylan Dalton, who has jobs statewide and the sky’s the limit ($40/hour) if you can handle the physical labor. They don’t require a GED or driver’s license but you must have proven transportation other than public. Their unpaid 3-5 day Gladiator training lets you know how hard the job is. A paid apprenticeship starts at $17.50/hour, with an opportunity to earn $23-$25/hour after six months of apprenticeship if you’re successful and take classes.

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Rifle Workforce Center

216 W. 3rd Street, Rifle CO 81650

Southwest

Rifle

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute

1209 West 10th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Get help launching your own business with Denver-based RMMFI

Denver Metro

Denver

The Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI) helps people transform into serious entrepreneurs through personal, business, and financial investments. RMMFI serves its entrepreneurs with both ​business development​ and ​lending services​. Click on the website to learn more. Click on Re/Launch to take their Dream Survey to get started.

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Saint Francis Center Employment Services

1400 N. Williams Street (inside Althea Center), Denver CO 80218

Denver Metro

Denver

Saint Francis Center Employment Services works with individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness and those that are currently or previously justice involved. They address barriers to employment, providing comprehensive case management and workforce development. They also offer a rapid re-housing program, direct support, and transportation assistance. Guests are welcome to utilize their full service computer lab. All resources are available to guests once they have completed a one time orientation, held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am. Please call to get started.

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Salesforce (IT training)

Statewide

Salesforce provides free online IT training in a customer software platform used by many companies. Their training called Trailhead lets you learn at your own pace and earn certification. Watch the video to learn more.

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Salida Workforce Center

448 E. 1st Street, Suite 201, Salida CO 81201

Southwest

Salida

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Second Chance Center

9722 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Second Chance Center provides formerly incarcerated people and their network with education, resources, and support to successfully re-enter the community and cultivate a rewarding life. Services provided include mentoring, cognitive restructuring, pre-release and post-release planning, housing connections, employment services, transportation, addiction counseling, relationship counseling, fitness training, food and clothing, and art therapy. COVID-19 UPDATE: As of June 2020, SCC staff are working staggered shifts. You'll find a list of SCC staff with phone numbers and email addresses on their Facebook page along with information about virtual meetings and more. If you are not already a client, call Sandra Larson at 720-297-6788 for an initial intake interview.

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Second Chances Denver

3500 South Logan Street, Englewood CO 80113

Denver Metro

Englewood

Second Chances Denver helps women learn valuable job skills and receive life skills guidance and technology education from volunteer coaches and peer mentors. Their focus area includes Englewood, Sheridan, Littleton, and western Centennial. To get started, you must call the number below or email Claire at claire@secondchancesdenver.org. Their focus is women, especially single mothers and grandmothers.

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Servicios de la Raza

3131 West 14th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Servicios de la Raza is a bilingual nonprofit that provides many different programs, including health enrollment; basic emergency services such as food and clothing, mental health program, HIV/Aids services, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and an apprenticeship program for people wanting a job in the trades. Servicios is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides a re-entry program for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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Solid Rock Community Development Corporation

2520 Arlington Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Solid Rock Community Development Corporation provides the Fresh Start Investment Program free to people who live in southeast Colorado Springs who have been in the criminal justice system. The Program provides one-on-one consulting and assistance with starting your own business, preferably in southeast Colorado Springs. If you live in the area and want to know more, give them a call at 719-393-7625, or email them at srcdc@solidrockcdc.com.

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Southeast Health Group WAGEES

711 Barnes Avenue, La Junta CO 81050

Southeast

La Junta

Southeast Health Group is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services. They cover six counties in southeast Colorado: Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, and Baca. Services include goal-setting, connections toward those goals such as employment, recovery, housing, ID documents, clothes, shoes and tools for work, education, and more. Call to make an appointment.

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Southern Colorado Criminal Justice Peer Navigator

Southeast, Southwest

The southern Colorado criminal resource navigator helps people in southern Colorado connect to resources and help in 12 counties, from Mineral to Prowers. You don't have to be justice-involved. She'll help any human being with anything. She has basic hygiene, family reunification, recovery and MAT services, employment, and many more connections. Call and leave a message and she'll get back to you within a day or two.

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Steamboat Springs Workforce Center

425 Anglers Drive D-2, Steamboat Springs CO 80487

Northwest

Steamboat Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Sterling Workforce Center

100 Broadway, #24, Sterling CO 80751

Northeast

Sterling

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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The Gathering Place

1535 High Street, Denver CO 80218

Denver Metro

Denver

The Gathering Place provides help for women, transgender individuals, and their children. They provide a wide range of programs and services, including meals, food bank, family program, showers, laundry, phone access, mail access, nap room, health services, clothing bank, high school equivalency preparation, job readiness, a computer lab, and more!

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The Pinon Project

210 E Main Street, Cortez CO 81321

Southwest

Cortez

The Pinon Project is a family resource center that provides help with family programs (parenting support, check and connect for youth, helping at-risk children, fatherhood programs, support group for parents with children with challenging behaviors and diagnosis, safe care for infant care, supervised visitation and emergency services for those facing eviction or a utility crisis). As a WAGEES grant recipient, they can refer you to help with finding a job, housing, education, peer group, and other programs in the area. COVID-19 UPDATE: They are providing support by phone and virtual classes. You may call for help with community resources.

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The Right Way Foundation HVAC Academy & Maintenance Training

1010 South Joliet Street, Aurora CO 80012

Denver Metro

Aurora

Looking for a career in heating and cooling? The Right Way Foundation offers a 96-day program held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6-9pm. If you pass the ESCO EPA test in all section, you will receive a universal license. For graduates, job placement services are provided throughout Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas. You can also take their general maintenance training course to get certificate in CPO certification programs. This training course lasts 30 days. Click on the website link to learn more and send an email. You can also call the number provided.

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Thrive–Transformation at Work

400 West South Boulder Road, Suite 1700, Lafayette, CO 80026

Denver Metro

Lafayette

Thrive--Transformation at Work is an employment support program that helps people overcome barriers and work their way to self-sufficiency and stability through employment. Thrive offers a four-day employment workshop for those who are unemployed or underemployed. Individuals are then paired with an employment coach that walks alongside them for one year. In addition, they have a network of employers in a wide range of industries. The first step for you would be to fill out an application on the Thrive website. Employers can complete an employer partner application on the website as well.

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Transition from Jail to Community Collaborative (TJCC)

1391 Delaware Street, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

TJCC helps people released from Denver County Jail within 12 months connect to the resources they need, including mental health and substance abuse counseling, help getting a job, including regular job fairs, help getting ID documents, and help signing up for benefits. COVID-19 UPDATE: Call first. They are meeting with scheduled visits.

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Trinidad Workforce Center

140 North Commercial, Trinidad CO 81082

Southeast

Trinidad

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Urban Peak

1630 S Acoma Street, Denver CO 80223

Denver Metro

Denver

Urban Peak’s Employment and Training Services team aids youth ages 15 -24 experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Services include Job Readiness Training (JRT), career training services, job search assistance, job placement and job retention services. All services are free and individualized.

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Urban Peak

423 Cucharras Street, Colorado Springs CO 80903

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Urban Peak’s Employment and Training Services team aids youth ages 15 -24 experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Services include Job Readiness Training (JRT), career training services, job search assistance, job placement and job retention services. All services are free and individualized.

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Walsenburg–Southeast Workforce Center

201 East 5th Street, Suite 19, Walsenburg CO 81089

Southeast

Walsenburg

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Westminster–Adams County Workforce & Business Center

11860 Pecos St. Westminster CO 80234

Denver Metro

Westminster

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Women’s Bean Project

3201 Curtis St, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Women’s Bean Project operates a food manufacturing business, while providing support as you move forward on your new path towards self-sufficiency. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary job readiness and life skills needed to set you on a pathway for long-term success. They hire women who come from all walks of life and different backgrounds who are struggling to get or keep a job. If you are in a similar situation, they urge you to apply to work in their 7 month transitional employment program. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a history of unemployment to qualify. Here’s what you can expect during your time at Women’s Bean Project: Full-time paid employment as a Production Assistant, working Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM over the course of 7 months. Program classes such as computer training, budgeting, adult education, resume writing, interview skills, conflict resolution, healthy relationships & self-improvement. Assistance with navigating basic needs resources for child care, housing, transportation, food, medical and dental services. Personalized job coaching and group sessions to provide you with professional skills and support as you move into your next chapter. How to Apply: They hire MONTHLY. APPLY IN-PERSON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Women’s Bean Project, 3201 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205

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Women’s Bean Project (pre-apprenticeship)

3201 Curtis St, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Women’s Bean Project operates a food manufacturing business, while providing support as you move forward on your new path towards self-sufficiency. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary job readiness and life skills needed to set you on a pathway for long-term success. They hire women who come from all walks of life and different backgrounds who are struggling to get or keep a job. If you are in a similar situation, they urge you to apply to work in their 7 month transitional employment program. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a history of unemployment to qualify. Here’s what you can expect during your time at Women’s Bean Project: Full-time paid employment as a Production Assistant, working Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM over the course of 7 months. Program classes such as computer training, budgeting, adult education, resume writing, interview skills, conflict resolution, healthy relationships & self-improvement. Assistance with navigating basic needs resources for child care, housing, transportation, food, medical and dental services. Personalized job coaching and group sessions to provide you with professional skills and support as you move into your next chapter. How to Apply: They hire MONTHLY. APPLY IN-PERSON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Women’s Bean Project, 3201 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205

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Woodland Park–Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Public Library Resource Center, 218 E. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park CO 80863

Southeast

Woodland Park

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Work Options for Women (pre-apprenticeship)

1200 Federal Boulevard, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

WOW provides a free culinary job training program for all gender identities (don't be fooled by the name!). They offer students the opportunity to learn from professional chefs as well as life skills development, case management and job readiness activities, including mock interviewing and job placement. Their program helps people gain the skills necessary to build confidence, maintain employment, and the opportunity to earn up to four certificates, including the nationally recognized American Culinary Federation Prep Cook Certificate. Students also earn cash incentives each week for modeling employable behaviors. WOW's mobile culinary classroom (MCC) is a 23-day culinary job training specifically designed for persons impacted by the criminal justice system. COVID-19 UPDATE: Work Options has resumed their pre-COVID-19 training schedule of weekly Monday enrollments and all training will happen at one location, their WOW Training Center located in the Denver Human Services Castro Building (1200 Federal Blvd). Please contact Kristi Hornick at 970.290.1572 or kristi@workoptions.org to learn more and register.

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Yuma Workforce Center

529 N. Albany Street, Suite 1210, Yuma CO 80759

Northeast

Yuma

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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